Each of us represents many cultures; these cultures may be defined by factors such as heritage, lifestyle, place of residence, and personal choice. Understanding cultural characteristics helps us to understand how we interact with others, make decisions, and direct our actions. Understanding other cultures helps us to work together with members of them from a position of mutual respect and positive outcomes.
Review the materials you saw in Fordlandia: Overview, and discuss examples of cultural boundaries the participants in this project might have faced. In addition, cite at least one additional example of an issue related to cultural boundaries you encountered. You might include examples of:
- Cultural background and conditioning.
- Approaches to interpersonal encounters with attention to issues of communications.
- Attitudes, for example, “being different is bad, inferior, or wrong.”
- Willingness to embrace changes to become more effective in cross-cultural situations.